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PopTech is an extraordinary three-day summit bringing together 550 visionary thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, the arts, education, social development, government, and culture to explore the cutting-edge ideas, emerging technologies and new forces of change that are shaping our collective future. Now you can take the energy and inspiration that is PopTech with you anywhere, with these video podcasts. PopCasts let you join the conversation and engage in the extraordinary work that had its start in Camden, Maine.

This collection will be updated roughly annually in November as new videos are released after subsequent PopTech conferences.

Videos in this collection include originals in HD 720p quality MPEG4 16:9 aspect ratio, and a derived letter-boxed version in NTSC Standard Definition MPEG2 in a 4:3 aspect ratio that is broadcast ready.

PopTech videos are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

This collection is curated by John Hauser and was made possible by financial support from Access Humboldt.

This spreadsheet is an index to the poptech collection on Internet Archive showing derived MPEG2 duration/run time as well as other metadata about individual items.

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Eben Upton , founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. "I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, DIY, Emerging technology, PopTech iceland 2012, Robotics,...
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Accompanied only by his piano, Grammy award-winning recording artist and philanthropist John Legend performs the soulful "Wake Up" and "Shine" from his album, Wake Up! , including a song that appears on the soundtrack to the documentary Waiting for Superman.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Culture, PopTech 2010
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Imogen Heap plays a stripped-down version of what she says is her most popular song, "Hide and Seek." It came together by accident one night when her computer died and she was forced to look at her instruments in a new way.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Art, Environment, PopTech 2010
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Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer discusses the surprising power of being present during everyday activities. "We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don't have to accept them at all."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, mind, PopTech 2013, psychology
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2009 PopTech Fellow Deb Levine founded ISIS - Internet Sexuality Information Services - in 2001 to promote sexual health. Using the web, mobile phones and other media, ISIS gives people private and convenient access to information on critical health issues like HIV prevention and unplanned pregnancies.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Education, Technology, Fellows, PopTech 2009, Social Innovation Fellows...
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Amy Cuddy revealed that we can actually change feelings we have about our own status through the physical positions we take with our bodies. Her research participants had higher levels of testosterone and lower levels of cortisol after only two minutes in a "power pose". Cuddy asked if such findings can have wider implications for empowerment training.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech 2011, Psychology
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Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Evolution, PopTech iceland 2012
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Margret Pala is a preschool management specialist in Iceland who advocates sex-segregated classes, natural play material instead of conventional toys, and a long-forgotten belief in discipline to develop optimism, courage, and resiliency in young children. "Feel the cold! I even take them into the snow -- and then the lava. Scream a little bit! But continue! And enjoy it!"
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Education, PopTech iceland 2012, Youth
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Eli Pariser explores how ideas move in the networked economy. As the board president of MoveOn.org , he pioneered many practices of online organizing. Now, Pariser is focused on the social and political impact of the personalized web, examining the role that filters - both cognitive and software-based - have in shaping what information spreads, which he refers to as the Filter Bubble .
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Culture, Politics, Data, PopTech 2010, Activism, Internet
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Economic commentator and author Tim Harford presented a creative, challenging perspective on financial systems, drawing upon examples from oil rig explosions to nuclear disasters to make his point. He believes that by studying the triggers of major engineering accidents, we can draw lessons on how to help prevent crises in the financial world.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Big systems, Business, Economics, Finance, Governance, Journalism,...
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Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini started a satirical television show, Parazit, broadcast on Voice of America. Today, it is an international phenomenon, drawing more than 700,000 followers. They use the power of satire combined with content from citizens on the street to expose injustices happening across Iran.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, PopTech 2011, Culture, Politics, Democracy, Journalism, Funny
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What makes an ideal marriage? Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies and author of "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage," says that marrying for love is a radical idea. Ironically, as marriage is becoming a more emotionally satisfying relationship, it is also becoming less stable as an institution.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Psychology, PopTech 2010, Language
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Steve Lansing , a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It's worked since the 12th century, it's egalitarian and it's still-sustainable. "It's one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It's kind of beautiful."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Culture, Democracy, Engineering, Governance, PopTech iceland 2012,...
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Reggie Watts is an entertainer who combines stream-of-consciousness improvisational comedy with music to create a wholly original experience. A PopTech veteran, Watts knows this audience well and he handled them like a pro, getting big laughs with a smart blend of sarcasm and self-deprecation during his performance.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Funny, PopTech 2010
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Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D. , founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. "We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that," says Leitch. "We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system is survival-based."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
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Climate change is exacerbating flooding in waterlogged Bangladesh. Already, hundreds of schools get wiped out during the monsoon season. Mohammed Rezwan builds floating schools, healthcare facilities and libraries. "If 20 percent of the land goes under water, which may happen in the next 10 to 20 years, where will these people go? We don't have enough space, enough land. People have to live on the water in some way."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Community, Development, DIY, Education, PopTech Iceland 2012,...
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Reihan Salam, a New America Foundation fellow, writes on politics, culture, and technology. At PopTech 2009, Salam argues that America's growing diversity, divided by massive inequalities, will lead the country to increasing social conservatism. Salam also co-authored Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Politics, Economics, Culture, PopTech 2009
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Yossi Sheffi explores the various flavors of redundancy, simplicity, flexibility and communications strategies businesses employ to make themselves resilient. "These are the most dangerous things; the things that have severe consequence and low probability...These are the events one worries about when one has to run a large organization."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Behavioral economics, Business, Governance, Mobile, PopTech Iceland...
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Judith Rodin , president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. "When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Business, Community, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience
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MIT professor Dan Ariely believes that the starting point for making better decisions, particularly with financial matters, requires understanding the impulse to act irrationally. At PopTech 2009, Ariely discussed an excerpt from his new book, The Upside of Irrationality , about the role of emotions in the workplace.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Economics, Science, Psychology, Behavioral Economics, PopTech 2009,...
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For more than thirty years, Dr Dean Ornish has demonstrated the power of a healthy lifestyle as the best kind of preventive care. These choices, Ornish reveals, are can turn on" disease-preventing genes and "turn off" genes that promote illness. Dr. Ornish has published a number of best-selling books on the subject; the most recent is The Spectrum.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, Medicine, Food, Science, PopTech 2009
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Silja Omarsdottir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland's constitution after the country's financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country's constitution. Omarsdottir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Governance, Law, Politics, PopTech iceland 2012
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Artist Jill Magid collaborated with Liverpool Police to create Evidence Locker, a work that explored the depths of the city's CCTV system. The Dutch Secret Service, however, confiscated the work they commissioned from her and declared her a national security threat. Watch to find out what happens when the all-seeing don't like what they see (even when they ask for it!).
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, surveilance, Art, 2015
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Didier Sornette is a professor of entrepreneurial risks in Zurich. He explores data patterns to help predict crises and extreme events in complex systems, like global financial crises.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Big systems, Economics, PopTech Iceland 2012, Resilience
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Will Allen is co-founder and director of Growing Power, Inc., an organization that is transforming the production and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. Growing Power operates as an urban farm and education center in Milwaukee, WI, and more recently, Chicago, teaching urban youth how to produce low-cost healthy foods for their communities.
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Kelly Benoit-Bird , an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean. "When we look more deeply at the ocean, we are given new insights on how we interact with that ocean, and what we can do to effectively protect it."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Ecology, Fellows, Ocean, PopTech 2012, Science Fellows 2012
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Russia-based Mitya, formerly known as Masta Mic, earned a reputation through his beatboxing viral videos and his entertaining stage presence. Watch how he combines his talents with the realm of rock/pop and hear his collaboration with Blinky Bill, in "Raindrop". For more information, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, music, Raindrop, Mitya, Blinky Bill, 2015
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Manmeet Kaur noticed the stark disparity in life expectancy in different pockets of Manhattan. To address this issue, her organization City Health Works helps overburdended clinics by using an innovative, community-based model to educate and support underserved patients.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, health, econmics, social innovation fellows, 2015
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Animal communication researcher Katy Payne has been studying the sounds of African elephants and humpback whales for decades. Her research has led her to fascinating conclusions on how acoustic phenomena shape relationships and communities. In1999, Payne founded the Elephant Listening Project to monitor elephants' movements.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Africa, PopTech 2009, Science, Biology
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George is a hybrid with a wide-ranging background that includes roles at Sony and Apple, to name a few. Here he discusses three world-changing products that wouldn't exist without a hybrid approach. Watch and learn about what can happen when we mash things up with this hybrid mentality. For more information, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, innovation, technology, hybrid, 2015
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Dutch bulb grower, Pieter Hoff has an idea about how to make deserts bloom: capture the humidity in the air, store it in a box, and use that condensation to water plants. He calls this box the Groasis waterboxx and he thinks it can change how we feed the world and reduce greenhouse gases.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, PopTech 2010, Ecology, Green, Sustainability, Water, Innovation
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In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Evolution, Ocean, PopTech iceland 2012
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Consumer psychologist Simonetta Carbonaro implores us to think differently about consumption. A consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster has gotten old. We now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, PopTech iceland 2012, Resilience, Community, Culture, Design,...
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Justin Gallivan is an Emory University chemist who explores the boundaries of biology by engineering bacteria to behave in predictable ways. Gallivan's research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for complex challenges such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Biology, Living Systems DC Salon 2010, Engineering, Environment, Funny
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Joyce Kim, PopTech Fellow and Executive Director of Stellar.org, explores how the global financial system is a highway littered with roadblocks and tolls. Joyce discusses how connecting siloed systems with an open source financial network can foster affordable access to the economy.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, social innovation fellows, Stellar, Joyce Kim, bitcoin, 2015
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Colin Rich captures fantastic images of the world from 24 miles in space. He creates his amazing videos and still photographs with simple system that includes high-altitude weather balloons, hacked video cameras and a GPS system to track the cameras wherever they land. The images he creates are otherworldly. Read and watch more on the PopTech blog .
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, Photography, Space, PopTech 2010, Shorts
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One million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water every year. Immigrants and the poor are the most affected, even as they pay exorbitant rates. Susana De Anda is creating a new advocacy model that give voice to the voiceless on the issue of life's most fundamental substance. For more talks, visit poptech.org
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, environment, health, politics, social innovation fellows, 2015
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How do you keep people out of prison? Empower their loved ones. PopTech Fellow Raj Jayadev discusses “participatory defense,” a new method of justice-seeking that tells the story of individuals in the court system through their families and communities—and turns “time served” into “time saved.” For more information, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, social innovation fellows, participatory justice, 2015
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Watch, laugh and delight as remarkable designer, author, and artist Maira Kalman shares her work at the intersection of several disciplines and interests. For more information, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, art, design, humor, 2015
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Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2011, Technology, Entrepreneur, DIY, Social Innovation Fellows...
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Larry Smith wants to know your story. Since 2006, Smith has undertaken the Six-Word Memoir Project inviting his Smith Magazine readers to tell their live stories in just six words. His six-word memoir project can now be found in classrooms, boardrooms, hospitals, churches, speed-dating sessions, and at live six-word "slams" across the world.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Language, Culture, PopTech 2010
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George Bonanno , a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. "There isn't one thing that predicts resilience. It's not two things. It is not necessarily in us."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Mind, PopTech Iceland 2012, Psychology, Resilience
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Fiddle virtuoso Mark O'Connor and 14-year-old prodigy fiddler Ruby Jane Smith share the 2009 PopTech stage. Together they mesmerize audiences with the duets that play tribute to the spirit of Americana music, at times slow and melancholy, and others rousing and lyrical.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech 2009, Culture
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Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Business, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Development, Finance, PopTech...
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Siddhartha Mukherjee's fascination with cancer is rooted not just in how to fight it, but in where it originated. Discovering almost nothing on the subject, the cancer physician and researcher wrote "Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," that explores the history of the disease that causes one-quarter of all American deaths.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Science, PopTech 2010, Medicine, Health
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Adaptation is the basic idea that we get used to stuff and interpret signals. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores how these types of signals relate to pain and social adaptation. How does our previous exposure to pain alter how we experience it now? How is it that we all appreciate the pinnacle of beauty in the same way, but we're drawn to partners with a level of attractiveness similar to our own?
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Economics, Culture, Psychology, PopTech 2010, Behavioral Economics
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MIT aeronautics professor and engineer Dava Newman had a dream: that of a slimmed down astronaut. See the streamlined, mobility-enhancing "Bio-Suit" she created for protecting astronauts from atmospheres and healthcare workers from germs.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, PopTech 2011, Space, Design, Engineering, Shorts, Emerging Tech,...
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Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on musical favorites like "God Bless America".
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech 2009, Culture
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What is the world like now? What should it be like? Mule Design co-founder Erika Hall makes the case that the design process is simply determining the space between “is” and “should.” She argues that designers must also be philosophers, and that the question “why?” is their most vital tool. For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, hybrid, design, 2015
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Massoud Amin wants to make our energy infrastructure more sustainable and secure. The complex systems researcher from the University of Minnesota believes this requires networking energy into a "smart" grid that incorporates alternative energy. This will provide national as well as environmental and financial security.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Energy, Green, Transportation, PopTech 2009, Emerging Tech
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Kathryn Schulz is an expert on being wrong. The journalist and author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error," says we make mistakes all the time. The trouble is that often times being wrong feels like being right. What's more, we're usually wrong about what it even means to make mistakes--and how it can lead to better ideas.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Culture, Business, Psychology, PopTech 2010
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Eirikur Hrafnsson calls his new company, Green Qloud, the world's first green cloud computing company, bucking a frightening trend. " It is not far-fetched to imagine that in 30 or 40 years, 50 percent of our energy will be spent on IT."
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Emerging tech, Energy, Internet, PopTech Iceland 2012
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Violist Christen Lien combines her classical training with experimental acoustic and electronic sounds and a looping machine. What results is mesmerizing, layers of music that one fan called "a bridge to the divine." Entitled "Unabi," or Zulu for "flash of light," this song appears on Lien's debut album Vol I: Battle Cry.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, Culture, Living Systems DC Salon 2010
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Graphic designers create logos, books, brochures—and in Eddie Opara’s case, robots that make cocktails. In this talk, the partner at design firm Pentagram discusses his ambition to design awe-inspiring spectacles. For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, robots, graphic design, 2015
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Susan Casey wrote her latest book, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, after researching the beautiful, mysterious and terrifying behavior of waves for the past three years. Casey recounted astonishing tales of misfit waves from around the world and what drew her to confront them firsthand.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Ocean, PopTech 2010, Business
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Master engraver and printmaker Andrew Raftery discusses a recent project that draws from a range of mediums, time periods and cultures. His creation is contemporary fine art that challenges the meaning of “contemporary.” For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, art, hybrid, 2015
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Neuroscientist Ed Boyden says that there is a moral imperative to demystify the brain in order to address diseases that affect over a billion people. To do so, however, scientists must map seemingly infinite, tiny connections. Boyden discusses how his lab is using the same technology used in diapers to make the brain’s mysteries visible.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, neuroscience, science, technology, hybrid, 2015
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"Is water still running?" is perhaps the most important question for water initiatives worldwide, concludes Water for People CEO Ned Breslin . He's tired of seeing broken hand pumps and taps litter Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These signs of failed projects underscore the critical need to overhaul water aid for real impact.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Technology, Development, Water, Mobile, Data, Innovation, Africa, PopTech 2010,...
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Eva Salina and Peter Stan have been making music together for over 12 years. Now based in New York, both have strong ties to the music of the Balkan region through family and heritage. Watch how this duo comfortably yet powerfully performs the complex rhythms and beautiful melodies that define Balkan music.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, music, Balkan, 2015
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Rasanath Das, formerly an investment banker and monk, tells the inspiring and humorous story of his hybrid life and what he learned from a near-death experience. For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, hybrid, humor, 2015
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Architect Neri Oxman is the founder of MATERIALECOLOGY , an interdisciplinary design initiative expanding the boundaries of computational form-generation and material engineering. One of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business," Oxman investigates nature's material and performance, to define form itself.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Technology, Architecture, Biology, PopTech 2009, Innovation, Ecomaterials
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The one-man band, Jazari, consists of machines that play a variety of hand percussion instruments, all under the control Patrick Flanagan , who wields a custom-built controller and a Wii remote to create improvised jam sessions. After performing, Flanagan walked the crowd through the technical process of how his system works.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Entertainment, Music, Robotics, PopTech 2010
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Icelandic five-piece band amiina takes the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. They got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and have gone on to play complex music that's sweetly innocent.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Music, PopTech Iceland, 2012
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Health in India is compromised by dirty water. Sameer Kalwani 's Sarvajal enables access to clean water, enlisting local entrepreneurs to sell it and monitoring water quality remotely. Customers are happy to pay to get clean water at their doorstep. What started with 1 village 3 years ago now provides safe water to 70,000 people daily.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2011, Economics, Fellows, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Social...
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Jennifer McCrea, a leader in philanthropy, discusses how she’s learned to put shared values at the center of fundraising; money is the “gas in the car,” not the car, driver, or destination. Her question is always “what are we going to do together?” not “what are you going to do for me?”
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, philanthropy, 2015
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Brian Elliot founded Friendfactor to unlock the power of friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. Friendfactor's innovative social networking platform shifts the focus of gay rights from ideology towards a far more personal concept: friends making a difference in their gay friends' lives.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Fellows, Social Innovation Fellows 2010, Activism, Politics, Culture,...
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"Development doesn't have to be sexy; it just has to work. " Primoz Kovacic and his team are giving communities simple tools they need to bring about development in their own communities, communities whose members are often forced to seek asylum in other countries, including his own. For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, fellows, social innovation fellows, 2015
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Designer Orlagh O'Brien gave a simple emotion-specific quiz to a group of 250 people. Asking respondents to describe five emotions - anger, joy, fear, sadness, and love - in drawings, colors, and words, O'Brien ended up with a set of media she used to create Emotionally}Vague, an online graphic interpretation of the project's results.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, Data, PopTech 2010, Culture, Psychology, Language
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Co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice ( ICTJ ), Paul Van Zyl has devoted his career to human rights. The South African has been helping his country out of apartheid through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Van Zyl calls on America to hold its own commission to "openly and publicly" confront the torture that recently occurred in Guantanamo and elsewhere.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Society, Conflict, Justice, Africa, Human Rights, Freedom, PopTech 2009
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Jan Chipchase , head of research for frog Design, talks about the process behind his company's acclaimed work. Chipchase and his team spend weeks on the ground, living with participants and observing the activities and rules of their daily lives. The result is a process of drilling down to the essence of an experience before even beginning to design it.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Design, PopTech 2011, Culture, DIY
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Chris Marianetti has a passion for bringing unconventional sounds and people together in unique and creative ways. As head of Found Sound Nation he has worked to combine the sounds of the streets across the world in various ways, including the OneBeat music tour. Listen to him describe his vision for Found Sound and how he looks to bring people together through music.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, music, social innovation fellow, 2015
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Bryan Doerries' Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles' Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. By bringing these timeless plays to military audiences, Doerries attempts to create dialogue and community while de-stigmatizing the psychological injuries of war.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Health, PopTech 2011, Art, Psychology, Community, Conflict, Social Innovation...
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In media, the pressure of the now—publish now, get page views now—can overshadow the great work that has come before. Esquire editor David Granger discusses how he has tackled this challenge as he brings his magazine’s 82 year legacy into “The Eternal Now.” For more information, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, new news, media. hybrid, 2015
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Director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab Carlo Ratti wondered if there was a way to create a small, inexpensive, scalable, self-organizing system to help remove the oil after the Gulf oil spill. He discusses the inception of Seaswarm , a fleet of low-cost oil-absorbing robots in his PopTech 2010 talk.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, Environment, Ecology, Water, PopTech 2010, Innovation
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We hear a lot about big data, but less about how to make it useful. Ben Fry discusses how he puts reams of data through the filter of design to turn information into understanding. For more talks, visit poptech.org.
Topics: PopTech, PopCasts, PopTech 2015, data, design, hybrid, 2015